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Feb102009

FSBreak 3: X-Plane Beta 2, X-Plane Extreme for iPod Touch, and more!

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X-Plane 9.30 Beta-2 for PC/Mac

  • New engine model to handle the proper air density at critical altitudes.
  • Auto-throttle PRESERVES the differences between various throttles in multi-engine airplanes.
    Example: If you MANUALLY drag the throttles in a multi-engine plane to somewhat different settings, such as, for example, 10% more throttle on engine #1, and then engage the auto-throttle, engine #1 will continues to run at 10% higher throttle than the others.
  • Rudder-pedal joystick-button/key-commands are back.
  • New option in Plane-Maker: Auto-slats below a certain SPEED.
  • Many other features, for more information and to download see X-Plane's website. [Link]

The reduced price of $39.99 for X-Plane has also been extended due to the recent news from Microsoft.

A summary of new features can also be found at this website. [Link]

X-Plane Extreme for iPhone/iPod Touch

X-Plane Extreme Edition has been released for the iPhone and iPod touch. This features a full simulation platform on your portable device, you can adjust your throttle, flaps, speed brake, etc. You also have the option to pick between 6 different regions, each with around 4 airports per region. You can also adjust the weather, time of day, and many other features. On the iTunes music store, Austin Meyer mentions that there may be a free update to allow for multiplayer flight.

X-Plane Extreme Screenshot

Included Aircraft:

  • F-22 Raptor
  • B-1 Lancer
  • B-2 Spirit
  • SR-71 Blackbird

Price: $9.99

iTunes Store Link. [Link]

What's next for Microsoft's Flight Sim partners?

  • The register interviewed Scott Phillips of Just Flight [Link], and Steve Halpern of Flight One Software [Link].
  • Both third party company's agree that for the time being, FSX is enough to develop for in the short term.
  • However, Halpern calls for Microsoft to announce any news about the series final future in the coming months, so his company can make long term decisions.[POLL HERE]


The article goes on to mention other simulators such as X-Plane [Link], and the open source FlightGear [Link].

To read the entire article from The Register, visit the page. [Link]

[caption id="attachment_216" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="FlightGear - The Open Source FS"]FlightGear - The Open Source FS[/caption]

 

New Microsoft Job postings

New job posting from Microsoft [Link] :

Join the team responsible for building the most fun and rewarding flying experiences available on Games for Windows Live. Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a veteran Lead Program Manager/Producer to help lead the development of a new broad-attraction flight-oriented game on the PC.

And another [Link] :

Join the team responsible for building the most fun and rewarding flying experiences available on Games for Windows Live. Does working on a small, innovative team that delivers the most immersive flight experiences available today on the PC intrigue you? Our technology makes available entire continents - potentially the entire planet - for a detailed and dynamic 3D experience. We are looking for a Project Art Lead who can define, refine, and extend the visual elements while balancing the need for fun and approachability for a broad set of users.

Read the article from SimFlight here. [Link]

Last Week's Poll: Do you think we will see MSFS11 released as a game on the xBox 360? The results were more than 5 to 1 NO:

FSBreak 2 Poll

 

Manhattan X for FSX Released

  • Covers the entire Manhattan Island (East Side, West Side, Uptown and Downtown) plus Ellis Island, Governors Island, Roosevelt Island, Statue Island.
  • Four heliports.
  • Very high density scenery with hundreds of detailed buildings.
  • Full FSX features using bump maps, advanced shading and reflections.
  • Scheduled ship traffic (Staten Island Ferries).
  • Many special effects included (like sounds, smoke, birds).
  • Mission that lets you take a $199 helicopter tour of Manhattan.
  • Professionally designed charts with all helicopter routes.
  • Price: ~31.00 USD, EUR 27.95.

Screenshots:

 

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For more information, see Aerosoft's site [Link].

Quick Links

 

VRS Releases F/A-18E SP1

  • Service Pack 1 addresses some minor issues encountered subsequent to release as well as some enhanced features and additional liveries.
  • Current customers can update through their Aircraft Manager, or check the company's support site (Link in show notes) for a manual download.
  • The company also mentions that a FSX version is in the works.

Learn more at the company's site [Link] or read the post from SimFlight [Link].

Video [Link]:

JustFlight releases World Airports 3 North America on DVD

  • FSX and FS2004
  • Included Airports: KATL, KCLT, KCVG, MYNN, TJSJ
  • Price: £24.45 / €29.95 / $36.99.

More information here [Link].

Picks

Eric: iHud Glass Cockpit iPhone application [Link]. (Thanks Dredd!) Price: $5.99.

Cam: Aircraft Viewer Background Bitmaps for FS2004. [Link]

Mark: FlightAware Flight Tracking. [Link]

FlightAware Flights



Emails

 



Nicolás from Argentina has X-Plane Questions

Hi, I like a lot your program, but I would like to know if you can give a tip per podcast about the use of X-PLANE as it I have recently bought my first X-PLANE series, and due to the shut of ACES a lot of people is doing it and will do it.

Mark suggests fully calibrating your joystick before using X-Plane, and before starting a flight while on the ramp be sure to move your joystick or game pad to it's full range - Left/Right/Up/Down so X-Plane can properly determine the limits of your joystick.

Have an X-Plane tip for Nicolás? Use the form on our contact page, email feedback@fsbreak.net, or call 513-201-5426.



Mickey from KLAS has a delima...

I enjoy the eye candy and some of the other advances made to it but unlike one of your guests on the show, I don't use the default aircraft at all. I get aircraft that are developed specifically for FSX and tested by real pilots (PMDG 747-400X, CaptainSim C-130X and the new Aerosoft F-16) these aircraft fly very similar to full-flight simulators, particularly the 744X.

Mickey also says:

  • He likes FSX, but cannot run with his sliders all the way up.
  • He was considering switching to X-Plane, but doesn't want to relearn all of the key commands.
  • His other choice is to purchase a new high performance/low cost gaming PC to run FSX with max settings.

What would you recommend for a FSX machine on a budget? Use the form on our contact page, email feedback@fsbreak.net, or call 513-201-5426.



Benjamin asks - What about VA's?

Thank you for your excellent podcast! I have listened to both shows and can't wait for more! An idea for a future show: Virtual Airlines. I believe United Virtual is the largest and most prominent VA.

We're at a loss, what would you like to hear about VA's? Would you like to hear VA news, interviews, or nothing at all? Use the form on our contact page, email feedback@fsbreak.net, or call 513-201-5426.

Other Notes: Happy 20th Birthday to Dave. [Link]

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